Ybor City Museum

The Ybor City Museum State Park is a state historic park consisting of the Ybor City Museum, housed in the Ferlita Bakery building (a neighborhood bakery operated by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business at that location in 1896), the Casita, and the Garden.



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The Casita is actually one of seven small cottages, built for cigar workers' families that are located at this historic site. Three were built around 1895 and, as such, are among the earliest structures in Ybor City.

 

Originally located on 5th Avenue, they were moved to their present location in 1976 as part of a preservation initiative that included the Ferlita Bakery and a number of other structures in the community.

 

The houses are modified shotgun houses built from Florida pine with cypress or cedar wood shingles. The architectural style -- three rooms in a row with doorways (ostensibly allowing a bullet to pass from the front to the back door) -- was popular throughout the rural South and was a feature of the "factory town" that was early Ybor City.

 

This house had many design features particularly suited to conditions in Florida. Until 1910 these and similar houses lacked city sewer hook-up or indoor plumbing, and many were without electricity until the early 1920s.

 

Casitas rented for $1.50 to $2.50 a week or could be purchased from $400 to $900, depending on size. By allowing workers to deduct house payments from their wages, V.M. Ybor and other cigar manufacturers contributed to the stability and security of the work force in Ybor City, and eased the hardships of immigration and acculturation.

 

The Garden at the Ybor City Museum State Park is a green and restful version of the Mediterranean-style patios seen in the late 19th century. It has been adapted to its present location by the inclusion of Florida flora (including tropical fruit trees), statuary, and a fountain.

 

HOURS: Mon. - Sun. 9am - 5pm
COST: Adults $3.00,
Children under 6 FREE

 


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Ybor City Museum

1818 E. 9th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605

Phone: 813-247-6323

 

For Information Regarding the Ybor City Museum Society:

Ybor City Museum Society

Citizen Support Organization

2009 N. Angel Oliva Sr. Street

P.O. Box 5421

Tampa, FL 33675

Phone: 813-247-1434

Fax: 813-242-4010

 

Email:

Garden Rental: garden@ybormuseum.org

Museum Store Manager: store@ybormuseum.org

Tour Coordinator: fginex@verizon.net

General Information: info@ybormuseum.org

 

For information on becoming a volunteer, or to receive a volunteer information brochure and an application, please contact Helen Vicari, the Society's volunteer coordinator, at helenvicari@aol.com.


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